Published in Good Fruit Grower
By Melissa Hansen, Washington State Wine Commission
January 30, 2018
Vine to wine. Berry to bottle. Grape to glass. The ultimate goal of research supported by Washington’s wine industry is to improve wine quality. To accomplish that, the science of grape growing and the science of winemaking need to come together.
Since its early days, Washington’s wine industry has focused on wine quality. Producing premium wine is not just about raising the bar, it’s also about economics.
It would be nearly impossible for Washington growers to compete in the global bulk wine market against other wine regions that can grow high volume with cheap labor.
But Washington’s climate and well-drained soils are ideal for producing premium wine — and we’ve proven to do that quite well.
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